North Dakota, February 22, 2005 (ENS): On Friday,
North Dakota Governor John Hoeven and Commerce Department
officials will meet with representatives of PPM Energy
to discuss the scope and technical dimensions of a new
150 megawatt wind energy facility proposed for Rugby.
A facility of this size could produce enough clean energy
to power 44,000 average homes a year.
PPM Energy is ScottishPower’s U.S. energy business
based in Portland, Oregon. In late January, the company
submitted a letter of intent to the North Dakota Public
Service Commission to build a wind farm of approximately
100 towers and is targeting December 31, 2005 for completion.
PPM Director of Business Development for the Midwest
Raimund Grube and company Business Developer Tim Seck
will meet with Governor Hoeven.
"This will be one of the largest wind projects
in the region, and it will be located in the heart of
North Dakota," Hoeven said. "It takes advantage
not only of our great resources for wind energy, but
also our great business climate. PPM Energy has been
working with our Commerce Department to ensure that
the project goes smoothly from start to finish."
PPM is building a facility in Kansas of the same size
as the one it proposes for North Dakota. In December,
the company announced that it will build and own the
150 megawatt Elk River Wind Power Project located in
Butler County, Kansas, near Beaumont.
"The Elk River Project is the third we have announced
so far that is expected to go into commercial operation
in 2005 and we look forward to additional growth and
geographic expansion in 2005," Terry Hudgens, Chief
Executive Officer of PPM said in December.
PPM specializes in energy solutions to meet the needs
of wholesale and large commercial and industrial customers.
Among the company’s customers are large organizations
such as the municipally owned Seattle City Light and
the federal Bonneville Power Administration.